Next tasting – Friday 9th April

Villa Giada with Ben Robson of The Bat and Bottle, Oakham

In April we welcome Ben Robson of The Bat and Bottle presenting wines from Villa Giada. Villa Giada are based just south of Asti in the Piedmont region of NW Italy. Ben will be joined by the winemakers for the presentation.

Ben Robson of The Bat and Bottle, Oakham

For more information:
Web: bat.wine

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in March 2021

In March we hosted a wonderful tasting by Lance Foyster MW of Clark Foyster. They are a specialist wine importer founded by husband and wife team Lance Foyster MW and Isabelle Clark.

Lance’s introduction to the company reads “As part of our university degrees, both Isabelle and I studied the history, culture and literature of Ancient Greece. This required visits of course, usually during summer months, and involved beaches, tavernas, souvlaki, ouzo, retsina etc. and we loved it. So much that we spent our honeymoon in Crete and The Mani”.

For more information:
Web: clarkfoysterwines.co.uk

The wines tasted were:

  1. Oenops Apla Red 2019 Nikos Karatzas (Drama)
    Nikos Karatzas is the face behind ‘Oenops’ (= ‘wine face’). He studied in Bordeaux then became chief winemaker at a very young age at the high-profile Pavlidis winery, in Drama, Eastern Macedonia, before setting up his own project  in 2015. Apla red is a Xinomavro, Limniona, Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
  2. Zafeirakis Malagouzia 2020 (Tirnavos)
    Christos Zafeirakis’ family have lived in Tirnavos, by the foothills of Mount Olympus in Central Greece for numerous generations. His Malagouzia whites come from a grape variety which in 25 years has reached a high level of popularity in Greece having previously been almost forgotten. It’s a dry but moderately aromatic white, a delicious, charming and versatile wine with or without food.
  3. Argyros Estate Assyrtiko 2019 (Santorini)
    Assyrtiko is the indigenous grape of the volcanic island of Santorini with a marvellous ability to produce strong but vibrant, crisp, energetic and minerally wines. Argyros Estate, founded in 1903, owns 65 hectares of vineyards. Some of these are recently planted, but many are of an age rarely found anywhere else, and the grapes from these vineyards are used for the Estate wines. Santorini Assyrtikos are, according to Hugh Johnson’s Pocket Wine Book (2021), “still cheapest 4* whites around” and Argyros is a “Top Santorini producer”. This should be a spectacular bottle.

Next tasting – Friday 12th March

Greek Wines with Lance Foyster MW

In March we welcome Lance Foyster MW presenting a range of Greek wines. Clark Foyster is a specialist wine importer founded by husband and wife team Lance Foyster MW and Isabelle Clark.

Lance’s introduction to the company reads “As part of our university degrees, both Isabelle and I studied the history, culture and literature of Ancient Greece. This required visits of course, usually during summer months, and involved beaches, tavernas, souvlaki, ouzo, retsina etc. and we loved it. So much that we spent our honeymoon in Crete and The Mani”.

For more information:
Web: clarkfoysterwines.co.uk

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in February 2021

In February we hosted a fantastic zoom presentation and tasting with Katie Jones of Katie Jones Wines and Julia Jenkins of Flagship Wines.

Members will remember Katie’s visit to us in 2017 when she presented a range
of her excellent wines based on traditional, often rare, Languedoc grapes. Katie presented three of her wines to us from her home in the Languedoc via Zoom. You may remember that Katie hails from Ashby de le Zouch and she was accompanied by Julia Jenkins, a wine merchant friend of hers who is a UK Wine Merchant and who also hails from Leicester. Julia sells Katie’s wines.

For more information:
Web: domainejones.com
Web: nakedwines.com
Web: flagshipwines.co.uk

The wines tasted were:

  1. Katie Jones white 2018
  2. Katie Jones Along Came Jones Hairy Grenache 2018
  3. Domaine Jones Fitou 2018 

What we tasted in January 2021

In January we were treated to a wonderful Zoom presentation and wines by Laure Columbo of Jean-Luc Colombo and Michelle Barrie of Mentzendorff. We are grateful to Mentzendorff for making this tasting possible.

Jean-Luc Colombo is one of France’s most talented and creative winemakers based in Cornas, crafting first-class wines from the Northern Rhone Valley and Southern France. Laure is Vineyard Manager and Winemaker working alongside her father.

For more information and to order wines, please contact:
For more information:
For more information:
Web: vinscolombo.fr/en/
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk/producers/jean-luc-colombo

The wines tasted were:

  1. Picpoul de Pinet Les Girelles 2018 75cl (100% Picpoul Blanc)
  2. St Péray La Belle de Mai 2016 – Organic 75cl (60% Roussanne 40% Marsanne) 
  3. Colombo Cotes du Rhone Les Abeilles Rouge 2016 37.5cl (1/3 Grenache 1/3 Syrah 1/3 Mourvèdre)
  4. Cairanne Le Pavillon Des Courtisanes 2018 75cl (80% Grenache 20% Syrah) 

Next tasting – Friday 8th January

In January Mentzendorff will be hosting a tasting of Rhone/ Mediterranean wines from Jean-Luc Colombo, one of France’s most talented and creative winemakers based in Cornas. Jean-Luc is the star Rhone producer in the Mentzendorff portfolio, crafting first-class wines from the Northern Rhone Valley and Southern France. We are grateful to Mentzendorff for making this tasting possible. The event will be hosted by Jean-Luc’s daughter, Laure, who is Vineyard Manager and Winemaker working alongside her father.

For more information:
Web: vinscolombo.fr/en/
Web: mentzendorff.co.uk/producers/jean-luc-colombo

Note: This tasting will be presented via Zoom. Members are contacted prior to each tasting to order any wines they wish to try. 

What we tasted in December 2020

Merry Christmas and thanks for a great turnout for our festive Zoom tasting. We were treated to an effervescent presentation by Duncan Murray or Duncan Murray Wines of Market Harborough. This is certainly a time to support your local wine merchant and Duncan would love to hear from you before the big day.

For more information and to order wines, please contact:
For more information:
Web: duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Email: info@duncanmurraywines.co.uk
Tel: 01858 464935
Facebook: Duncan Murray Wines
Twitter: @DMURRAYWINES

The wines tasted were:

  1. Mustillant Sparkling Muscadet, NV, Loire, France
  2. Villa Wolf Silvaner, Pfalz (Palatinate) 2009
  3. El Abuelo Monastrell-Tempranillo, 2019, Almansa, S. Spain
  4. D’Oliveiras 5 yo medium sweet Madeira ½ bottle, Portugal

 

What we tasted in November 2020

Many thanks for another great turnout for our Zoom tastings. We were treated to a really interesting and spontaneous presentation by Leon Solarski of Leon Solarski Wines and Jonathan Hesford of Domaine Treloar, Roussillon, France.

For more information and to order wines, please contact:
Web: domainetreloar.com
Web: www.leonstolarskiwines.co.uk
Blog: leonstolarski.blogspot.com
Phone: 0794 1850178

Members should contact Leon for discounts on the following wines Domaine Treloar which we tasted. Other bottles are available at a 10% discount on the list price

Daltonien 2019 Côtes Catalanes (white)
Le Ciel Vide 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Villages (red)
Le Rescapé 2016 Côtes Catalanes (red) 

What we tasted in October 2020

Many thanks for a fantastic turn out for the AGM and Member’s tasting.  A number of varied and entertaining presentations from our members over Zoom gave us a wonderful opportunity to try some half bottles from The Wine Society.

WHITE

Solear Manzanilla Barbadillo, Jerez – £5.95 per half bottle

Chateau Bel Air Perponcher Reserve, Bordeaux Blanc 2019 – £5.95 per half bottle

Pinot Gris Classic, Famille Hugel, Alsace 2018 – £7.95 per half bottle

RED

Esporao Monte Velho Tinto, Alentejano, Portugal 2019 – £4.95 per half bottle

Cotes-du-Rhone Rouge Guigal 2016 – £5.95 per half bottle